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Altair Engineering Releases HyperShape®/CATIA for Topology Optimization in CATIA V5

Michael Kidder

Altair Engineering, Inc.

(248) 614-2400, ext. 269


Mike Szudarek

Marx Layne & Co.

(248) 855-6777

TROY, Mich., March 30, 2004 - Altair Engineering, a global leader in product design consulting, engineering simulation software, and high-performance computing technology, today announced the commercial release of its first Spatial CAA V5 Adopter Solution - Altair® HyperShape®/CATIA. HyperShape/CATIA is a direct integration between Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 solution and Altair’s award-winning design optimization technology, Altair OptiStruct®. The release of HyperShape/CATIA provides advanced topology optimization capabilities to the CATIA V5 community.

HyperShape/CATIA generates structurally optimal concept design proposals from supplied packaging information, loads, constraints and required product performance. Typically used ahead of CAD design, HyperShape/CATIA aids designers in developing completely new, mass efficient, high performance product design proposals. With the addition of manufacturing constraints, this technology regularly delivers dramatic improvements in design performance and allows companies to achieve product and business objectives considerably faster than conventional development methods.

"HyperShape/CATIA enables efficient modelling, design optimization setup, and visualization for concept design creation within the CATIA V5 architecture while providing direct access to the advanced optimization technology within OptiStruct," said Dr. Uwe Schramm, Director of Program Management. "The close integration between these high-end design tools is seamless to the user - maximizing staff productivity," Schramm added.

To support the release, Altair will be hosting a number of seminars and online presentations throughout the US, Europe and Asia. For more information on these events and HyperShape/CATIA, please visit www.altair.com .

About Altair Engineering

Through product design consulting, advanced engineering software and high performance computing technologies, Altair Engineering increases innovation for clients around the globe. Founded in 1985 and privately held with offices throughout 11 countries, Altair's unparalleled knowledge and expertise in product development and manufacturing extend throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As the developer of Altair® HyperWorks® - The Engineering Framework for Product DesignTM, Altair is the leading provider of high-end, open CAE software solutions for modeling, visualization, optimization and process automation. The company’s grid computing software, PBS ProTM, is a workload management solution for high performance computing environments, LINUX clusters and desktop cycle harvesting that delivers an ROI within one year. For detailed information about Altair, visit www.altair.com .

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